T20 test for Team India’s bench

first_imgThey might be without key senior players but even a second-string India would be hard to stop for the struggling West Indies when the two sides clash in a one-off Twenty20 match in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Saturday.Led by Suresh Raina, India are without Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni among others, but they can still turn the tables on the West Indians whom they have never beaten in a Twenty20 match before. As touring Indians get set to take on the hosts at the Queen’s Park Oval, they can take comfort from the disarray in which the hosts presently find themselves. Rival coach Ottis Gibson is candid enough to lay bare in public domain, the issues which are stopping his young team from winning consistently.His latest ire is reserved for pitches in the Caribbean which, according to him, are not suited to the strength of the home side. The one at Queen’s Park Oval is expected to be low and slow which is at variance with the strength of the West Indian team.The hosts have two of the most economical and frugal mediumpacers in skipper Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul but the Oval pitch appears to have been made more for the visitors’ liking. India have three first-rate spinners in Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra to take advantage of the surface while West Indies have only young legspinner Devendra Bishoo who could do likewise. Indians are known to have a weakness against short-pitched deliveries yet they are unlikely to face any such threat on the bland Queen’s Park surface or from the composition of the West Indies side.advertisementThough Ravi Rampaul is in prime form, neither Andre Russel nor Krishmar Santokie can be said to have the same effect as the missing trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach have on the opponents. The other issues, which Gibson outlined, are the inability of his batsmen to rotate strike and their fallings against spin, particularly off-spin. Indians would have a few anxieties about their openers as lefthanders Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel are an untested pair at the top of the order.Their middle order though is strong and Kohli, Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath are all capable performers. Indian pace bowling too is in the capable hands with Munaf Patel, one of the key architects of India’s World Cup win, leading the pack that has Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar.The hosts have a reasonable batting line-up on paper with Darren Bravo being the pick of the lot. Yet the team hasn’t put up enough runs on the board in recent times. Gibson has admitted that it is time his batsmen pull their weight and support the bowlers who have been doing more than an adequate job.TEAMS (from):West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnewell, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie and Lendl SimmonsIndia: Suresh Raina (capt), Harbhajan Singh (vice-capt), S Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra,Munaf Patel  – With PTI inputslast_img

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